Thursday, March 03, 2005

Electricity Bill & Bangalore - China

BESCOM, Bangalores electric supply company has a fantastic system. If one pays the bill of one sub division ( their smallest unit of Bangalore after the meters) in another sub division, it will not be credited to your account.

So, why does the other sub division accept it ? Nobody knows. So much for the "silicon valley of India", "most wired city in India".

People who coin such epithets probably never ever in their life have taken the public transport in this city, or paid their electricity bill themselves or tried dealing with the police or any other government face. I wish companies move away from Bangalore to other cities which offer their citizens more - I can think of Dalian for one. The Dalian website takes a while to load, but when it does is pretty good.

This should spur Bangalore to pull up its socks or in the time that it took for the government to decide on a metro or an airport ( 9 long years), Dalian might well kayo Bangalore. Lots of Indian technology professionals are already in China taking it to the inflexion point that will spur growth. Infosys, Wipro, TCS are already there. Someday they might relocate entirely.

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